Five screens planned for Edinburgh’s old Odeon cinema
Odeon Edinburgh Clerk Street

Edinburgh’s old Odeon cinema could be revived if plans are given the green light

It’s been 13 years since the Clerk Street favourite closed its doors.

But plans are afoot to turn it into a five-screen venue with facilities for supporting live events – if the council agrees to the plans from new owner, leisure operator G1 Group.

An application has been submitted to Edinburgh City Council to turn the building into a 734-seat cinema, with the largest screen seating 423 people and the smallest just 49, along with bars and a cafe.

odeon ground floor

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odeon side view

There are also plans to restore many of the original 1930s features and fittings.

New Odeon plans

See the full plans here.

G1 currently own and operate two other Scottish cinemas – the Grosvenor on Glasgow’s Ashton Lane and the Perth Playhouse.

The Odeon cinema closed its doors in 2003. Though the building has been saved from demolition and conversion into student flats, it remains to be seen if Edinburgh Council will give the go ahead for this new vision for the iconic venue.


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